In a ugly incident, a highschool instructor, who allegedly displayed caricatures of Prophet Mohammed to his college students throughout a category, was decapitated by an attacker Friday afternoon. The French Police shot the suspect in a close-by city, killing him.
The assault occurred close to a college within the Paris suburb of Conflans-Saint-Honorine northwest of Paris.
The sufferer is claimed to be a historical past instructor who lately mentioned caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed at school.
In the meantime, prosecutors stated they had been treating the incident as “a homicide linked to a terrorist organisation” and associated to a “prison affiliation with terrorists.”
French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he referred to as an “Islamist terrorist assault” and urged the nation to face united towards extremism.
Hours later, 4 individuals, one a minor, had been detained. Police sometimes fan out to search out household and associates of potential suspects in terror circumstances.
Macron visited the varsity the place the instructor labored within the city of Conflans-Saint-Honorine and met with workers after the slaying.
“Considered one of our compatriots was murdered as we speak as a result of he taught … the liberty of expression, the liberty to imagine or not imagine,” Macron stated.
He stated the assault shouldn’t divide France as a result of that’s what the extremists need. “We should stand all collectively as residents,” he stated.
A police official stated the suspect, armed with a knife and an airsoft gun — which fires plastic pellets — was shot lifeless about 600 meters (yards) from the place the male instructor was killed after he failed to answer orders to place down his arms, and acted in a threatening method.
The instructor had acquired threats after opening a dialogue “for a debate” concerning the caricatures about 10 days in the past, the police official advised The Related Press. The mum or dad of a scholar had filed a grievance towards the instructor, one other police official stated, including that the suspected killer didn’t have a toddler on the college.
An ID card was discovered on the scene however police had been verifying the id, the police official stated. French media reported that the suspect was an 18-year-old Chechen, born in Moscow. That info couldn’t be instantly confirmed.
(With AP inputs)